Communication Disorders Master of Science

Speech Disorders

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The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at William Paterson University has been placed on probation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.  Recent decisions can be accessed online at http://caa.asha.org/programs/accreditation-decisions/

The Mission of the Graduate Program is to provide a strong academic foundation pertaining to basic communication processes and communication and swallowing disorders and differences. Students receive a comprehensive education that encompasses an evidence-based approach to the theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of the field of communication sciences and disorders and which also fosters research and scholarship. 

The Graduate Program is committed to diversity, inclusion, and collaboration amongst professionals, faculty, staff, students, and clients. 

This is a 54 credit program that requires two years of full-time academic study and clinical training. Applicants without a background in communication disorders can apply to the program. If applicants have a background with the necessary prerequisites then the program length is two year. If the the applicant does not have the necessary prerequisites, then the program length is up to three years. 

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog

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Application to this program must be made through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).

The portal for the CSDCAS application process to William Paterson University opens September 1st  at https://portal.csdcas.org. It is strongly recommended that you visit the CSDCAS "Frequently Asked Questions" page before starting your application. All questions about submitting, completing, and verifying your application should be directed to the CSDCAS helpline at 617-612-2030. All applicants who submit their application and all necessary materials by the February 1st deadline will receive a decision by William Paterson University by March 15th. In addition, applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 supplemental application fee to William Paterson University (this is in addition to the CSDCAS fee). The Office of Graduate Admissions from William Paterson will send an email to all applicants once your application is complete and fully submitted with instructions to pay the supplemental application fee, and receipt of payment is due immediately. Supplemental fees will not be accepted nor will your application be eligible for review after February 4th, 2022.

The deadline to be considered for the M.S. Program in Communication Disorders is February 1st. This means that all materials must be marked as received by CSDCAS by this deadline. Do not send any application materials to William Paterson University. Late applications (including late or unpaid supplemental application fees) will not be considered or reviewed. Applicants should submit the items listed below to CSDCAS: 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
  • Personal Statement: description can be found on the CSDCAS portal

Application Deadline

February 1

Non-degree status not available

Contact Us

Dr. Kristen Victorino 
Program Director, Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences
Victorinok@wpunj.edu / 973-720-3352